Internet, I am packing for Chicago, getting your camp post ready for tomorrow, and kind of having a cold. So I thought I'd share my favorite recipe for feeling better in winter weather: the hot toddy. This is your standard recipe, with the addition of Chinese loose tea, always in abundant supply here at Chao Camp, and red pepper flakes -- an inspired addition from Grub Report's Dr. Mathra -- which is probably the most important ingredient here. The tea supplies much-needed caffeine; the pepper flakes provide the toddy with a major kick, and also encourage endorphin release. As a wise Mellencamp once noted, "Hurts so good."

The first few camp dates and locations will be announced very very soon, so stay tuned for exciting camp-related developments. In the meantime, go hot toddy yourself to death.

AuthorAB Chao